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Dia de Los Muertos: Juxtapoz in SAN AGUSTIN ETLA, Oaxaca

Juxtapoz // Monday, 07 Nov 2011
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Dia De Los Muertos Upper Playground Mexico Oaxaca from mrevelli on Vimeo.

Juxtapoz editor, M. Revelli, visited the Oaxaca, Mexico town of San Agustin Etla for the Dia de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead") celebration this past week. The tiny town, just a bit more than 10 miles north of the city of Oaxaca, is widely known for their major Dia de los Muertos celebrations, including costumes, music, and invigorated crowds.

Day of the Dead, as you probably know, is an all-day, all night celebration in many parts of Mexico, but Etla is definitely known as a major epicenter of the festivities. And if you wanted to know what the day was all about, Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebration focused on "gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it attains the quality of a National Holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1–2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts." (via)

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